18 Reasons Why You NEED To Lift Weights, Especially If You’re a Woman
Before I get into the benefits of weight lifting, I need to send a message to women: weight lifting is NOT just for guys!
The belief that weight-lifting will get women super-jacked, ripped, and masculine is completely ridiculous and flat-out wrong.
The only ways for women to build significant amounts of muscle–to the point where they start looking manly–are to:
- take steroids
- take HGH, testosterone, or other hormones
- have abnormally high levels of natural testosterone, which is extremely rare and you’d be aware of it (it’s not healthy for women)
For 99.9% of women none of these apply–which basically means that you have zero excuse not to lift weights (you’ll tone up and nothing more, I promise).
Jamie Eason (above) is pretty much as jacked as a women can get naturally, and I honestly think she looks fantastic and VERY feminine. I hope this article can convince more women to start lifting, because those who don’t are missing out on so many awesome benefits (which I’ll get to in a minute).
18 Powerful Benefits of Weight Lifting
Strength training, resistance training, weight lifting, etc. are not just about building bigger muscles. Sure, one popular goal is to grow size-wise, but the majority of people who train religiously acknowledge that the benefits go far beyond muscular growth. Here are 18 reasons why you NEED to lift weights, right now.
1. It builds muscle and burns fat simultaneously — that equates to a lean, sexy body.
What else could you want? This is one of the major reasons why most people strength train, and the big motivating factor behind my crazy, obsessed fit lifestyle. Society weighs appearance so heavily, which makes it vital to look good. Not only that, but a muscular, lean, toned body screams health and strength. A healthy, strong person is an attractive person that people gravitate towards.
Apparently “attractive” people make 3-4% more money on average than those with below-average looks. Well, well, look at that.
2. It burns a ton of calories and boosts BMR.
A high-intensity weight lifting session can burn up to 500 calories per hour. Weight lifting has also been scientifically proven to boost BMR (basal metabolic rate) for up to 24 hours post-workout. Not only are you burning calories in the gym, but also afterward when you’re on the couch relaxing. The more intense the workout, the more calories you’ll burn post-workout via boosted metabolism.
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